Friendship of Huck Finn and Jim Essay examples

834 Words Apr 6th, 2008 4 Pages
In Mark Twain's, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, we read about the development of a relationship between a white boy and a runaway slave, something that in the 1800s one would've been punished for. Throughout Huck and Jim's story struggles, fallbacks, and advances within their friendship are witnessed by readers. The choice to do what one feels is right and what society teaches us is not always an easy one to make. Even for just a coming of age novel the powerful message of unconditional love and following instinct proves to have better endings than doing as society demands.
How exactly did a white boy and a slave start to connect? The journey on the raft, island, and river were all examples of pure freedom from all aspects and
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Seeing that Jim is capable of having knowledge and he does love his family like any white man helps Huck to feel more comfortable in their blossoming relationship.
As time goes on Jim starts to play an almost fatherly role in Huck's life, which is something he never had and became grateful for. "I hadn't a bite to eat since yesterday, so Jim he got out some corn-dodgers and buttermilk, and pork and cabbage and greens-there ain't nothing in the world so good when it's cooked right-and whilst I eat my supper we talked and had a good time. I was powerful glad to get away from the feuds, and so was Jim to get away from the swamp. We said there warn't no home like a raft, after all." (Twain 117) Huck and Jim felt truly at peace on the raft. They were able to just sit and bond and be themselves. Jim cooked food for the two and they were happy to be away from the chaos of surrounding societies, and be able to be together with no discriminations or put-downs.
There is one point of the book that solidifies everything that they had built over their journey. "It was a close place. I took it up, and held it in my hand. I was a-trembling, because I'd got to decide, forever, betwixt two things, and I knowed it. I studied a minute, sort of holding my breath, and then says to myself:
"All right, then, I'll go to hell"- and tore it up." Huck had written a letter to Miss Watson to tell her where Jim was. After…

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